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Hoover Tower, Palo Alto

Categories: Observation Decks, History Museums, Museums, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web
Hoover Tower is a 285ft structure on the campus of Stanford University in Stanford, California. The tower houses the Hoover Institution Library and Archives, an archive collection founded by Herbert Hoover before he became President of the United States. Hoover had amassed a large collection of materials related to early 20th century history; he donated them to Stanford, his alma mater, to found a "library of war, revolution and peace". Hoover Tower also houses the Hoover Institution research center and think tank.Hoover Tower, inspired by the cathedral tower at Salamanca, was finished in 1941, the year of Stanford's 50th anniversary. It was designed by architect Arthur Brown, Jr.The first nine floors of the tower are library stacks and the next three floors are used for offices. Exiled Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn lived on the 11th floor for some time upon invitation by Stanford University before he moved in 1976.Hoover Tower receives approximately 200 visitors per day, and a nominal fee is charged for non-students or non-faculty. The observation deck platform is 250ft above the ground, and provides an expansive view of the Stanford University campus and surrounding area. On clear days it is possible to see all the way to the distant skyline of San Francisco. The tower's observation deck is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but closed during academic breaks and finals.
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  • Located inside the Stanford University, the Hoover Tower is tower with 14 floors. 3 USD per person. Worth the visit. 
  • Was able to spend a nice sunny day here. The workers are very pleasant and knowledgeable. The view from the tower is indescribable!! 
  • The volunteer guides add a lot to this setting. They have great stories and expansive knowledge of the tower's history. Cool view. If you are claustrophobic this might be a bit unsettling.. 
  • Nice place. Great views. On clear days cab see sf skyline and oakland downtown tall buildings. Clearly the bridges, shoreline amphitheatre, fremont , and Stanford uni
  • Great view of the Standford campus and it's surroundings (Palo alto, mountain, ...). Tickets are affordable ($3). No stairs, an elevator will take you to the top.
  • Great view of campus and good start before a campus tour. Find a Stanford friend to go up for free!
  • Interesting museum, and great view once you get to the top! Bells play infrequently - enjoy them if they're happening!
  • Great viewing tower where you could see pretty much the entire campus.
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